Playbill.com : Combined Feed Copyright (c) %2014 Playbill.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. http://www.playbill.com/ Playbill.com : Combined Feed en-us 04/25/2014 03:46:08 AM 60 Booking It! Producer Ken Davenport on Getting Your Show Off the Ground Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190417-Booking-It-Producer-Ken-Davenport-on-Getting-Your-Show-Off-the-Ground Playbill.com's new feature series Booking It asks leading industry members to share professional insights, need-to-know tips and essential tricks of the trade for up-and-coming and established theatre artists. This week we speak with Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport.

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Adam Hetrick
From Forever Tango to 700 Sundays, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: Special Engagements Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190412-From-Forever-Tango-to-700-Sundays-A-Look-at-the-2013-14-Season-Special-Engagements With the 2013-14 Broadway season coming to a close this month (April 24 was the cut-off date for eligibility for the 68th Annual Tony Awards), Playbill.com offers a four-part look at the current season. Here are this season's special engagements.

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Lyric Opera's The Sound of Music, Starring Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and Edward Hibbert, Begins Chicago Run April 25 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190399-Lyric-Operas-The-Sound-of-Music-Starring-Billy-Zane-Jenn-Gambatese-and-Edward-Hibbert-Begins-Chicago-Run-April-25 The Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, which stars Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and Edward Hibbert, begins performances April 25 at the Civic Opera House.

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Adam Hetrick and Andrew Gans
Gretchen Egolf Stars as Candida at the Pittsburgh Public, Opening April 25; Ted Pappas Directs Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190394-Gretchen-Egolf-Stars-as-Candida-at-the-Pittsburgh-Public-Opening-April-25-Ted-Pappas-Directs Pittsburgh Public Theater's "Masterpiece" season continues with George Bernard Shaw's Candida, directed by Ted Pappas, officially opening April 25, following previews that began April 17.

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Michael Gioia
Industry Readings of Idaho!, With Jessica Hershberg, Blake Hammond, Billy Tighe and More, Held April 25 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190393-Industry-Readings-of-Idaho-With-Jessica-Hershberg-Blake-Hammond-Billy-Tighe-and-More-Held-April-25 Invitation-only readings of Idaho!, featuring a book and lyrics by Buddy Sheffield and music by Sheffield and Keith Thompson, are offered April 25.

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Michael Gioia
Oscar Winners Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Fran Drescher Announce Drama Desk Nominees April 25 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190391-Oscar-Winners-Robert-Lopez-and-Kristen-Anderson-Lopez-and-Fran-Drescher-Announce-Drama-Desk-Nominees-April-25 Academy Award winners Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Fran Drescher announce the nominations for the 59th Annual Drama Desk Awards April 25 at 11 AM at 54 Below.

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Michael Gioia
Tony Administration Committee Convenes for Final Meeting of the Season April 25 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190384-Tony-Administration-Committee-Convenes-for-Final-Meeting-of-the-Season-April-25 The Tony Awards Administration Committee assembles April 25 for its final meeting of the 2013-14 Broadway season.

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Andrew Gans
George Street's Our Town, Starring Tony Winner Boyd Gaines, Opens April 25 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190383-George-Streets-Our-Town-Starring-Tony-Winner-Boyd-Gaines-Opens-April-25 The George Street Playhouse's 40th season-ending production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town officially opens at the New Jersey venue April 25 following previews that began April 22.

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Andrew Gans
Smokey Joe's Café, Featuring Tony Winner Levi Kreis, Begins Performances April 25 at Arena Stage Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190379-Smokey-Joes-Caf-Featuring-Tony-Winner-Levi-Kreis-Begins-Performances-April-25-at-Arena-Stage Smokey Joe's Café — The Songs of Leiber and Stoller begins previews April 25 prior to an official opening May 8 at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. 

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Carey Purcell
World Premiere of 17 Orchard Point, Starring Tony Award Winner Michele Pawk, Begins Performances April 25 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190378-World-Premiere-of-17-Orchard-Point-Starring-Tony-Award-Winner-Michele-Pawk-Begins-Performances-April-25 The world-premiere production of 17 Orchard Point, the new familial drama by Anton Dudley and Stephanie DiMaggio, begins performances Off-Broadway at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row April 25.

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Carey Purcell
PHOTO SPECIAL: Celebrating Two-Time Tony Winner Al Pacino Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190217-PHOTO-SPECIAL-Celebrating-Two-Time-Tony-Winner-Al-Pacino Two-time Tony Award winner Al Pacino celebrates his birthday on April 25. Playbill.com looks back at a stage career spanning over 40 years. Happy birthday Al!

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Terry Layman Stars in Title Role in King Lear, Beginning April 25 at Queens Theatre Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190395-Terry-Layman-Stars-in-Title-Role-in-King-Lear-Beginning-April-25-at-Queens-Theatre The Queens-based Titan Theatre Company concludes its second season with William Shakespeare's King Lear, beginning April 25 at Queens Theatre. Terry Layman (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan) stars in the title role.

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Michael Gioia
PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: APRIL 25 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/69112-PLAYBILL-VAULTS-Today-In-Theatre-History-APRIL-25 1927 When a woman loves sailors so much she follows them all around the world, it's time to Hit the Deck. Vincent Youmans provides the score for Herbert Fields' book adapted from the play Shore Leave. The show will sail through 352 performances.

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David Gewirtzman and Anne Bradley and Ernio Hernandez
The Verdict: Live Updating Reviews of Cabaret With Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:24 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190420-The-Verdict-Live-Updating-Reviews-of-Cabaret-With-Alan-Cumming-and-Michelle-Williams Cabaret, starring Tony Award winner Alan Cumming and Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, officially opened April 24 at Studio 54.]]> Playbill Staff Cynthia Nixon Will Host Freedom to Marry Celebration, Featuring Performance by Laura Benanti Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:57 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190416-Cynthia-Nixon-Will-Host-Freedom-to-Marry-Celebration-Featuring-Performance-by-Laura-Benanti Cheers to Ten Years, celebrating the Freedom to Marry campaign that was founded in 2003 by Evan Wolfson — who was named by Time magazine one of the "100 most influential people in the world" — will be held April 28 in New York City.

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Michael Gioia
Shakespeare-Inspired Political Thriller And To The Republic Heading to NYC Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:55 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190415-Shakespeare-Inspired-Political-Thriller-And-To-The-Republic-Heading-to-NYC The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project will present And To The Republic, a modern political thriller inspired by Shakespeare's Roman plays.

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Carey Purcell
PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Casa Valentina — Harvey's Girls Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190410-PLAYBILL-ON-OPENING-NIGHT-Casa-Valentina-mdash-Harveys-Girls Meet the first-nighters at the Broadway opening of Harvey Fierstein's new play Casa Valentina. Reed Birney, Lisa Emery, Mare Winningham and Patrick Page were there. So was Playbill.com.

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Harry Haun
James Earl Jones Will Return to Broadway in You Can't Take It With You Revival Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:51 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190413-James-Earl-Jones-Will-Return-to-Broadway-in-You-Can39t-Take-It-With-You-Revival Tony Award winner James Earl Jones will return to Broadway this August in a revival of the Kaufman and Hart comedy You Can't Take It With You.

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Adam Hetrick
THE SCREENING ROOM: Liza Minnelli, Audra McDonald and More Sing "Maybe This Time" Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:45 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190414-THE-SCREENING-ROOM-Liza-Minnelli-Audra-McDonald-and-More-Sing-Maybe-This-Time The Broadway revival of Cabaret, starring Tony winner Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams in her Broadway debut, opened April 24 at Studio 54.

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Playbill Staff
Listen to Live EP for Broadway Musical Revue After Midnight, Featuring Fantasia Barrino (Audio) Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:50 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190404-Listen-to-Live-EP-for-Broadway-Musical-Revue-After-Midnight-Featuring-Fantasia-Barrino-Audio Songs recorded live at the Broadway musical revue After Midnight, inspired by Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club, have been released. Listen to the show's live EP here.

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Michael Gioia
From Hedwig to Lady Day to Violet... A Revival or Not a Revival: The Eternal Tony Question Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:30 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190400-From-Hedwig-to-Lady-Day-to-Violet-A-Revival-or-Not-a-Revival-The-Eternal-Tony-Question Playbill.com offers a look at the history of the rules determining which plays are considered revivals for the Tony Awards. 

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Robert Simonson
Meghann Fahy, Molly Ranson, Remy Zaken, Emily Skeggs and More Set for Industry Readings of We Are The Tigers Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190408-Meghann-Fahy-Molly-Ranson-Remy-Zaken-Emily-Skeggs-and-More-Set-for-Industry-Readings-of-We-Are-The-Tigers Over the Moon Productions will present industry readings of We Are The Tigers, a new musical comedy by writer-composer Rebekah M. Allen that chronicles the darkly comic trials and tribulations of a small-town high school cheerleading team, April 28-29 in Manhattan.

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Come to the Fun Home!" Michael Cerveris Documents Bringing Musical to South Carolina College Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:58 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190421-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Come-to-the-Fun-Home-Michael-Cerveris-Documents-Bringing-Musical-to-South-Carolina-College Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, who portrayed Bruce Bechdel in the Public Theater's acclaimed Off-Broadway run of Fun Home, traveled with members of the original cast to perform a special concert of the musical at the College of Charleston April 21.

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Michael Cerveris
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Come to the Fun Home!" Michael Cerveris Documents Bringing Musical to South Carolina College Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:58 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190406-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-Come-to-the-Fun-Home-Michael-Cerveris-Documents-Bringing-Musical-to-South-Carolina-College Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, who portrayed Bruce Bechdel in the Public Theater's acclaimed Off-Broadway run of Fun Home, traveled with members of the original cast to perform a special concert of the musical at the College of Charleston April 21.

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Michael Cerveris
PHOTO CALL: Roslyn Kind It's Been A While at 54 Below Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:58 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190405-PHOTO-CALL-Roslyn-Kind-Its-Been-A-While-at-54-Below It's Been A While on April 20th at the Manhattan nightspot 54 Below. Here is a look at the evening, which was the second of two sold-out performances.]]> Joseph Marzullo From Carousel to Kinky Boots: A Cabaret of Broadway's Best Will Feature Erin Dilly, Stephen Buntrock and Gavin Lee Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:25 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190402-From-Carousel-to-Kinky-Boots-A-Cabaret-of-Broadways-Best-Will-Feature-Erin-Dilly-Stephen-Buntrock-and-Gavin-Lee Bickford Theatre Guild's fundraiser, From Carousel to Kinky Boots: A Cabaret of Broadway's Best, will be held April 26 at 7:30 PM at the Morris Museum.

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Carey Purcell
Comedian Wanda Sykes Will Host 2014 TrevorLIVE, Directed by Adam Shankman Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:01 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190398-Comedian-Wanda-Sykes-Will-Host-2014-TrevorLIVE-Directed-by-Adam-Shankman Five-time Emmy Award-winning comedian Wanda Sykes will host the 2014 TrevorLIVE June 16 in New York at the Marriott Marquis. "Rock of Ages" director Adam Shankman will helm the evening.

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Michael Gioia
Alexandra Silber Will Moderate An Afternoon with John Doyle, With Performances by Judy Kuhn and Malcolm Gets Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:40 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190396-Alexandra-Silber-Will-Moderate-An-Afternoon-with-John-Doyle-With-Performances-by-Judy-Kuhn-and-Malcolm-Gets An Afternoon with John Doyle, a conversation with Tony Award-winning director John Doyle that is moderated by Arlington actress and Pace faculty member Alexandra Silber, will be held April 27 at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.

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Michael Gioia
Brian Stokes Mitchell and John Glover Join Cast of Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare in the Park Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:53 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190392-Brian-Stokes-Mitchell-and-John-Glover-Join-Cast-of-Much-Ado-About-Nothing-for-Shakespeare-in-the-Park Tony Award winners Brian Stokes Mitchell and John Glover will be part of the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing.

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Adam Hetrick
PHOTO CALL: Alan Cumming, Lesli Margherita, Christian Campbell, Jenna Leigh Green and Constantine Maroulis Offer Reefer Madness Concert Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:35 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190390-PHOTO-CALL-Alan-Cumming-Lesli-Margherita-Christian-Campbell-Jenna-Leigh-Green-and-Constantine-Maroulis-Offer-Reefer-Madness-Concert Reefer Madness, benefiting Baby Quest Foundation, was held at New World Stages April 19 at 11:59 PM.]]> Matthew Blank Pulitzer Winners Annie Baker and Doug Wright Tapped for Sundance Theatre Lab Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:25 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190389-Pulitzer-Winners-Annie-Baker-and-Doug-Wright-Tapped-for-Sundance-Theatre-Lab New works by Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Baker and Doug Wright have been selected for development at the Sundance Institute's 2014 Theatre Lab.

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Adam Hetrick
AIDS Memorial Quilt On Display at Broadway's Mothers and Sons Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:22 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190386-AIDS-Memorial-Quilt-On-Display-at-Broadways-Mothers-and-Sons The new Broadway play Mothers and Sons from four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally announced April 24 that portions of The AIDS Memorial Quilt are on display in the lower lobby of the Golden Theatre, where the new play is housed.

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Michael Gioia
Over 20 Broadway Shows Set for Free Stars in the Alley Concert Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:21 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190388-Over-20-Broadway-Shows-Set-for-Free-Stars-in-the-Alley-Concert Stars in the Alley, a free outdoor concert presented by The Broadway League, will be offered May 21 beginning at 11 AM in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets.

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Andrew Gans
Broadway Return of Cabaret Extends Into 2015 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:00 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190385-Broadway-Return-of-Cabaret-Extends-Into-2015- Roundabout Theatre Company announced April 24 that a new block of tickets for the Broadway revival of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall's Tony-winning production of Cabaret is on sale through Jan. 4, 2015. 

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Michael Gioia
PHOTO CALL: Stephen Flaherty, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jason Robert Brown and More Sound Off on Sheet Music Piracy Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:41 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190363-PHOTO-CALL-Stephen-Flaherty-Lin-Manuel-Miranda-Jason-Robert-Brown-and-More-Sound-Off-on-Sheet-Music-Piracy The Dramatists Guild's Anti-Piracy Committee hosted its first anti-piracy awareness event April 21 from 5 PM–7 PM in New York City.]]> Krissie Fullerton Soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" Spends 11th Week Atop Billboard 200, Scoring Biggest Sales Week to Date Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:40 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190381-Soundtrack-to-Disneys-Frozen-Spends-11th-Week-Atop-Billboard-200-Scoring-Biggest-Sales-Week-to-Date The soundtrack to the Oscar-winning movie "Frozen," Disney's 3-D animated film that features the voices of Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, Tony nominee Jonathan Groff and stage and screen actress Kristen Bell, spends an 11th nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard 200, having sold 259,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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Michael Gioia
Scandalous' Edward Watts Will Join Cast of The Fantasticks Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:35 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190382-Scandalous-Edward-Watts-Will-Join-Cast-of-The-Fantasticks Edward Watts, who was seen on Broadway in Scandalous, will join the cast of Off-Broadway's The Fantasticks April 28.

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Andrew Gans
Clive Davis Cites Frustration With New Musicals as Inspiration for My Fair Lady Revival Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:19 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190380-Clive-Davis-Cites-Frustration-With-New-Musicals-as-Inspiration-for-My-Fair-Lady-Revival In a new guest column published in the Hollywood Reporter, Grammy Award-winning producer Clive Davis cited a dearth in new musicals — as compared to the quality of those written by Rodgers and Hammerstein — as the impetus behind his plans for a 2014 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady.

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Adam Hetrick
"Life is a Cabaret, New Chum!" Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams Become Fast Friends in Broadway's Cabaret Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/features/article/190409-Life-is-a-Cabaret-New-Chum-Alan-Cumming-and-Michelle-Williams-Become-Fast-Friends-in-Broadways-Cabaret Cabaret opens April 24.]]> Michael Gioia "Life is a Cabaret, New Chum!" Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams Become Fast Friends in Broadway's Cabaret Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:02 GMT http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190373-Life-is-a-Cabaret-New-Chum-Alan-Cumming-and-Michelle-Williams-Become-Fast-Friends-in-Broadways-Cabaret Cabaret opens April 24.]]> Michael Gioia